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ICFJ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship 2021 for Journalists in U.S., Canada and Germany

ICFJ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship 2021 for Journalists in U.S., Canada and Germany

Deadline: 1 March 2021
Open to: U.S., Canadian and German journalists between the age of 21-40, who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online.
Benefits: fellows receives a USD 4,000 stipend/ participants receive USD 1,200


Applications are open for the ICFJ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship 2021. The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship provides talented young U.S., German and Canadian journalists the opportunity to live and work in each other’s country.

This highly personalized and practical program improves the quality of news coverage in each country and strengthens the transatlantic relationship. Among the mid-career journalists reporting on international affairs in Germany today, at least half are Burns alumni. Many U.S. alumni, who began in small community news organizations, have moved to positions of greater influence and breadth.

About the Fellowship

As fellows learn firsthand about their host country and media outlet, they write stories and produce broadcast programs for both host and home audiences. When they return home, they share their experiences with colleagues and continue to cover current events, using their new skills, contacts and a deeper understanding of international relations.

Before individual fellowships begin, all participants attend a one-week orientation in Washington, D.C., during the last week of July. Fellows attend meetings with prominent media and government representatives and discuss professional issues. The orientation fosters a spirit of community among the participants and gives a foundation for understanding transatlantic relations.

Following the orientation in Washington, North American fellows participate in intensive, two-week language training at institutes in their host cities, while German fellows precede directly to their host media. Over the next two months, fellows work as temporary staff members at host newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.



How to apply

ICFJ is now accepting applications for the 2021 program, application deadline: March 1, 2021.

For more information, please visit the official webpage.